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Learn how we develop habits, and maybe pick up a trick or two to swap out a negative habit for a more positive one! There will be an insight into memory research, and we’ll try and present a positive view about the often-maligned facets of old age.
Science of Habits
Professor Sheina Orbell (Professor)
Habits are ubiquitous in daily life. It has been estimated that about 50% of a person’s daily activities might be considered habits. They enable us to get dressed, get to work, or make a cup of tea while pondering something else. They also explain why we might open the fridge door and reach for the wine as soon as we arrive home. What are habits, and how do our deliberate actions differ from our habituated actions? How do we acquire them? Why are habits so useful and why are they so very difficult to change? This talk will consider these questions and provide some tips to create new habits.
Like a Fine Wine: The Science of Successful Ageing
Whether it’s physical frailty and disease, dementia and cognitive problems, or irritability and loneliness, we are inundated with images of doom and gloom in the golden years. Is there anything to look forward to as we grow older? In this talk, Dr Vanessa Loaiza will highlight the scientific research that shows the outlook of older age is not as glum as we are often led to believe. Find out more about how some aspects of life can get better with age, and learn evidence-based tips for managing those that don’t.